Body pulled from Ohio River identified by investigators


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UPDATE (7:56 p.m.) - The McCracken County Sheriff's Department has identified the body pulled from the Ohio River. Investigators say it is 55-year-old Sandra Farris from Cairo, Illinois. Family reported her missing on March 28th after they say she didn't come home after a walk.

Earlier story:

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - Detective Tim Reed got a phone call at two Thursday morning and said he had not been off the phone since.

"It's frustrating and it's upsetting," he said of making calls and waiting on calls to identify the body of a woman pulled from the Ohio River.

Employees of Ingram Barge spotted the body floating in the water near Owens Island and contacted authorities.

The Paducah Fire Department launched their boat and recovered the body a short time later.

Reed says the body, estimated to have been in the water for 2-4 weeks, was badly decomposed and his team had little to go on.

Detectives spent the day combing through files of missing persons and calling neighboring agencies.

"We're telling them we have a white woman in jeans and tennis shoes," he said.

But despite that little description, Reed said he had lots of motivation.

"That's one of the reasons we try so hard, to get families closure," he said, adding, "It's probably better knowing than not knowing."

Foul play is not suspected in the case.